Ariel Camejo Vento

The professor for Theory of Literature, Cultural Analysis and Caribbean Intellectual History and research leader of the project Literary Studies about Cuba, the Caribbean and Latin America is Angewandte Resident in the winter semester 2019/20.

Ariel Camejo obtained his PhD in Sciences of Literature at University of Havanna, where he teaches since 2005 in the fields of Theory of Literature, Cultural Analysis, Caribbean Cultures and Cuban Literature. He collaborates with the Center of Caribbean Studies at Casa de las Américas since 2007, where he published two volumes: an anthology of texts around the poetry and reception of Saint-John Perse in the Caribbean (Saint-John Perse: por los caminos de la tierra, 2008); and a translation into Spanish of the celeb Eloge de la Creolité (Elogio de la Creolidad, 2013). As a co-editor he published in 2015 Pa(i)sajes urbanos (Linkgua), a collection of essays on Latin American & Caribbean cities and their cultural landscapes. He has attended international conferences, congresses or delivered lectures at universities and cultural institutions of Guatemala, Jamaica, Guadeloupe, United States, Spain, Austria, Germany, Norway, Italy, Poland and China.

He belongs to several academic associations, executive or academic committees and editorial boards. From 2012 to 2014 he served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Literature at University of Havana, and from 2014 to 2016 as Head of the Department of Social and Cultural Studies in the same faculty. His current research projects are devoted to the representation of the black body in colonial Havanna and urban landscapes of Latin America & Caribbean.

At the Angewandte, Camejo gives three lectures in the field of Postcolonial Studies about the representation of the Latin America, the Caribbean and the contemporary city (La Habana) in the arts (literature, visual arts, music), and in the colonial/postcolonial history. Consequently he offers subaltern readings of both iconic intellectuals and displaced narratives of islanders about “the Caribbean”.